Art Arthur, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former immigration judge took AOC to task over her concentration camp remark. He pointed out that the Democrats said nothing while Obama was in charge of these very detention centers.
He also brought up the fact that the Democrats are refusing to vote for money for the humanitarian crises at the border, so they have nothing to say about anyone else. He said they were reprehensible because at the same time they were saying Trump was harming women and children, they refused to allocate money to ease the suffering of those same women and children.
Art Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and former immigration judge, refuted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) characterization of U.S. migrant detention facilities as “concentration camps,” calling her comments “offensive” and noting that Democrats had no objection to these same facilities when the Obama administration used them.
What is truly “reprehensible,” Arthur said, is the refusal of Congressional Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez to provide the humanitarian funding requested by the Trump administration to alleviate the suffering of migrant children and families.
In an interview Tuesday on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight, Arthur addressed the controversial “concentration camp” comments Ocasio-Cortez made during a Q&A livestream discussion on Instagram:
The New York Democrat took to Twitter yesterday to respond to the intense criticism she received. She argued that her comparison of U.S. detention facilities to “concentration camps” is “not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis.”
Arthur told Breitbart News Tonight host Rebecca Mansour that he had direct expert knowledge to refute Ocasio-Cortez’s claim due to his years of work as an immigration judge.
“I’m actually sort of an expert on this, given the fact that I was a judge at a detained court for eight years, and I had jurisdiction over a couple of other detained courts, as well,” he explained. “I would walk down the hall. I would have lunch in the dining hall with the correctional officers. I would work out in the weight room. It didn’t look like any sort of concentration camp.”